Universität Erfurt

Anglistik/Amerikanistik

TextTechniques

13–14 January 2016

Starting from the origins of the term “technology” (Greek τέχνη (technē): “art” and λόγος (lógos): “word, a plea”), the workshop reflects aesthetic representations of the historically changing intersections of text and techniques/technologies. Together with Dr. James Purdon (Cambridge/St. Andrews) from the Cambridge research group “Literature – Technology – Media”, who also provides short responses to each paper, we want to address the following questions: How do texts and material technologies influence one another?  What kind of terminological changes have taken place and what technologies have instigated this? How is materialism represented and how does TextTechnology influence material? How does the representing matter (TextTechnology) interact with the matter of industrial technologies, but also with our environmental materiality? Can we differentiate between ‘natural’ materiality and culturally representing/represented materiality?

Convenors: Prof. Dr. Kai Merten, Dr. Dunja Mohr

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

6.00 – 8.30 pm

Dr. James Purdon (Cambridge/St. Andrews)
“Texts, Technics, Technographies”

Thursday, 14 January 2016

9.00 – 10.30 am

Andreas Bülhoff (FU Berlin)
“Writing Techniques Between Subversion and Hypertrophy”

Rieke Jordan (FU Berlin)
“Copy & Paste & Build & Read Narrative Devices”

10.30 – 11.00 am
Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 pm

Mareike Timm (Jena)
“‘…daß aus reiner Spekulation alle Poesie verschwinden soll’: Representations of Craftsmanship and Manufacturing Industry in Max Kretzer’s Meister Timpe”

André Otto (FU Berlin)
“Stalling the Machine: The Non-Representational Textuality of Alan Burns's Celebrations”

1.00 pm
Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 pm
Final discussion

Supported by

Hans Böckler Stiftung

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